Alltech has awarded the 2012 Alltech Medal of Excellence to Governor John Y. Brown, father of the modern fast food industry and industry champion, and former Governor of Kentucky.

“For the past 22 years Alltech has awarded the Medal of Excellence to a person who has made a significant contribution to the field of science, business or food,” said Dr. Pearse Lyons, president and founder of Alltech. “Governor John Y. Brown’s remarkable business acumen has changed the food industry, especially its franchising, and continues to inspire and educate entrepreneurs the world over.